Hawaiʻi Nui Brewing
This microbrewery has a small tasting room where you sample some excellent craft beer. Mauna Kea pale ale is the most popular, but...
Kinoʻole Farmers Market
If the Hilo Farmers Market is a spectacle, this is a community gathering. Established in 2007 and sponsored by the Hilo, Hamakua and...
Richardson Ocean Park
Near the end of Kalanianaʻole Ave, this pocket of black sand is Hilo's best all-round beach. During calm surf, swimming is fine, while...
Popular with local teens and kids, these are typical shopping-mall cinemas; showing first-run movies.
Hilo Bay Cafe
Foodies adore this urban-chic eatery incongruously located near a Walmart. The eclectic menu features local ingredients, from...
Lonely Planet review
When in Hilo, eat as the Hiloans eat – at this unanimous-favorite, family-run diner. The fluffy pancakes, fried-rice loco moco and the 1lb laulau (bundle of pork or chicken and salted butterfish, wrapped in taro and ti leaves and steamed) plates do lip-smacking justice to local grinds (food).